Buyers Guide to Second Hand Frying Ranges

Since 1996 all gas Appliances must be built to the Gas Appliance Directive. The directive is a set of rules created to ensure the safety of gas appliances built in the EU. This means that every frying range has to be built and tested to the same standard and should now carry a “CE” mark.

When a second hand frying range is sold it is required by law to comply with all the safety requirements of the directive. This means any range built before 1996 will not comply with the Directive and it will be illegal to have the range fit into a new shop.

If you are looking at a second hand range how can you tell if it conforms to the directive or not?

Has the range got interlocking gas taps?

Around 25 years ago range manufacturers stopped building frying ranges with gas taps fitted. In the present day these gas taps no longer conform to current standards and gas regulations meaning that the equipment is listed “AT RISK” and a Gas Safe registered engineer is not allowed to re-fit the range into another premises.

Has the range got flame failure devices?

Flame failure devices will stop the gas to the burners if the pilot flame fails. Older ranges may not have these fitted which means the frying range does not comply to the directive and cannot be legally installed into new premises.

Has the range got a fan failure system?

Gas frying ranges require a fan powered extraction system to remove the products of cooking and the products of combustion from the shop. The gas supply is interlocked with the fan system this means that if the fan should fail the gas supply is shut down.

Has the range got its original service and installation manual?

For a range to be legal moved and fit into new premises the manual must be provided for the Gas Safe engineer to install the range. The range should have a serial number on it and the manufacturer who made the range. Contact the manufacturer with the serial number and they should provide you with the documents.

Is your engineer Gas Safe?

All Gas engineers have to be registered with Gas Safe this is a legal requirement, the engineer should hold the relevant qualifications to work on the equipment he is installing. The engineer may be required to hold extra qualifications if the appliances uses LPG gas. Contact the Gas Safe register by following the link or by calling 0800 408 5500. Remember gas kills. Never take the risk.

If you are unsure of any of the points in the list or want some help and advice contact Hopkins and we will be happy to help.

Call Hopkins on 0113 257 7934


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